HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: ORPHAN

CAST

Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)
Peter Sarsgaard (Lovelace)
Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games)
CCH Pounder (Avatar)
Jimmy Bennett (No Ordinary Family)
Margo Martindale (Mike & Molly)
Karel Roden (Hellboy)
Aryana Engineer (Resident Evil: Retribution)
Rosemary Dunsmore (Total Recall)
Genelle Williams (The Incredible Hulk)
Leni Parker (Earth: Final Conmflict)

Isabelle Fuhrman and Aryana Engineer in Orphan (2009)Kate and John Coleman’s marriage is strained after their third child was stillborn. The loss is particularly hard on Kate, who is also recovering from alcoholism. They decide to adopt a 9-year-old Russian girl, Esther, from the local orphanage. While Kate and John’s deaf-mute daughter Maxine “Max” embraces Esther almost immediately, their 12-year-old son Daniel is less welcoming.Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan (2009)Kate becomes suspicious when Esther expresses far more knowledge of sex than expected of a child her age. When Esther seriously injures another girl at a local park, Kate initially believes that the event was an accident but becomes alarmed when Sister Abigail, the head of the orphanage, visits with the warning that bad things frequently happen in Esther’s vicinity. Esther overhears this and uses Max as a distraction so that she can kill Sister Abigail with a hammer, which she hides in the children’s treehouse. Kate is convinced that something is wrong with Esther but John does not believe her. Esther is allowed by John to play hooky from school. During conversation, Esther tells him that she doesn’t think Kate likes her very much. He says that’s not true and that she should do something nice for her. Esther then presents Kate with roses from the grave of their passed child. Kate grabs Esther by the arm, frantic with the fact that she cut the roses. During the night, Esther breaks her arm and presents it to John. He kicks Kate from their bedroom due to Esther’s request for safety. Kate then buys wine which she refrains from drinking. The next day Esther causes Kate’s car to roll into on coming traffic with Max inside. Esther points out the wine to John, who tells Kate to go to rehab or he will leave with the kids. Kate finds Esther’s hidden Bible and discovers that it came from the Saarne Institute in Estonia, which she eventually learns is a mental hospital. She e-mails a picture and asks for more information.Peter Sarsgaard and Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan (2009)When Daniel learns about Sister Abigail’s death from Max, he plans to retrieve the hammer and prove Esther’s guilt. Esther overhears their conversation and confronts Daniel as he searches the treehouse, setting it on fire and locking Daniel inside. Daniel falls to the ground trying to escape and is knocked unconscious with a major neck injury. Esther attempts to kill him with a rock but Max stops her. While Daniel is hospitalized, Esther slips into his room and smothers him with a pillow but doctors quickly revive him. Kate realizes what Esther did to Daniel and attacks Esther but orderlies help John to restrain her. As John takes Esther and Max home, doctors sedate Kate.Vera Farmiga and Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan (2009)That night, Esther tries to seduce a drunken John, who finally believes Kate was right and threatens to send Esther back to the orphanage. Meanwhile, as Kate is coming out of sedation, she receives a call from Doctor Värava at the Saarne Institute, who reveals that Esther is actually a 33-year-old woman named Leena Klammer. She has hypopituitarism, a condition that stunted her physical growth, and has spent most of her life posing as a little girl. Värava tells Kate that Leena is extremely violent and has murdered at least seven people, including a family who adopted her in Estonia, whom she killed because the father rejected her sexual advances.Vera Farmiga and Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan (2009)Leena flies into a rage after being spurned by John and ransacks her room. She removes the makeup, false teeth, and body wrappings, revealing wrinkles and dark spots on her face, as well as fully developed breasts and a fully developed body figure. Leena then shuts the power in the whole house and stabs John to death. Max witnesses this and hides. Kate cannot reach John on the phone, so she calls the police and rushes home to find him dead. Leena gets a gun from John’s safe and shoots Kate in the arm, then goes searching for Max, finding her in the greenhouse. While Leena shoots at Max, Kate crawls onto the greenhouse roof, breaks through the glass above Leena, and lands on her, knocking her out. Kate takes the gun and leaves the greenhouse with Max.Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan (2009)Leena regains consciousness and finds Kate and Max outside near a frozen pond. Leena lunges at Kate, knocking the gun out of Kate’s hand and hurling them both onto the ice. Max watches from a hill above, picks up the gun and tries to shoot Leena, but shatters the ice instead, causing Kate and Leena to drop into the water. After a brief struggle, Kate climbs partially out of the pond with Leena clinging to her legs. Leena, hiding a knife behind her back and reverting to her little-girl persona, begs Kate not to let her die, calling her “mommy.” Kate angrily responds that she is not her mother and kicks Leena in the face, breaking her neck. Max and Kate are met by the police moments after.Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan (2009)Overall, if you are tired of bad horror films, and want to see a very intelligent and well made film, i would suggest this. Or if you just want to see a great movie see this! I was very surprised at how excellent this movie turned out, and everyone else will be too! Seriously, if you want great, check it out!

REVIEW: THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008)

 

CAST

Edward Norton (The Bourne Legacy)
Liv Tyler (Super)
Tim Roth (Lie To Me)
William Hurt (A History of Violence)
Tim Blake Nelson (Fantastic Four)
Ty Burrell (Muppets Most wanted)
Peter Mesnah (Spartacus)
Lou Ferrigno (The Scorpion King 4)
Paul Soles (Spider-Man 60s)
Martin Starr (Superbad)
Genelle Williams (Bitten)
Robet Downey Jr. (Iron Man)
Greg Bryk (Saw V)
Chris Owens (Red)
Arnold Pinnock (Cypher)
Wayne Robson (Wrong Turn)
Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years A Slave)
Stan Lee (Avengers Assemble)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)

MV5BMTQ2ODc0MjI2Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODg3NTAyNw@@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,748_AL_Hiding out peacefully in South America to keep his Gamma-induced mutation in control, Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is looking for help to cure his affliction, trying to keep himself out of the hands of General Ross (William Hurt), who wants what’s inside Banner to create an army of super-soldiers. Heading back to America, Banner makes contact with longtime love Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), who urgently wants to help the ailing man cure himself. Hot on their tail is Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), a brutal, unforgiving soldier who encourages the General to experiment further with Gamma poisoning by injecting him with a dose.MV5BMjE5MTM2MDY4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTg3NTAyNw@@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,737_AL_Director Louis Leterrier indulges his extreme visual instincts to fashion a peppier “Hulk” for the crowds who felt alienated by Lee’s experimentation. The quest is noble and “Incredible” is stuffed with enough limb-cracking attitude to give the faithful exactly what they want from a Hulk movie.Leterrier is in a hurry to get from one action sequence to the next, and while it’s all comfortably numbing, there’s not much characterization to get excited about here. “Incredible” comes across more as a wonderful video game than a meaningful exploration of the isolated soul. Although It’s a spirited ride boosted by some nice performances, strong romantic chemistry between Norton and Tyler, and several swell tributes paid to the “Hulk” television series of the 1970s. When Hulk lets loose, there’s a horde of building-leveling mayhem to enjoy, and Leterrier is the right man for the job, infusing new momentum to the character and taking his trail of destruction to pleasing extremes.

REVIEW: BITTEN – SEASON 3

Laura Vandervoort in Bitten (2014)

Starring

Laura Vandervoort (Jigsaw)
Greyston Holt (See No Evil 2)
Greg Bryk (Immortals)
Steve Lund (Reign)
Tommie-Amber Pirie (What If)
Genelle Williams (Orphan)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Sofia Banzhaf (Splinters)
Alex Ozerov (Orphan Black)
John Ralston (Flash Gordon)
Daniel Kash (Mama)
Fiona Highet (The Hardy Boys)
Rafael Petardi (Siberia)
Noah Danby (Riddick)
Pascal Langdale (Killjoys)
Benjamin Ayres (Saving Hope)

 

Based on the “Otherworld” novels by New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, BITTEN stars Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”, “V”, “Haven”, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf. For three seasons, the show’s rabid followers have tuned in as Elena evolved from a photographer who hides her dark secret after being bitten, to a ferocious leader of the Stonehaven pack.Bitten (2014)BITTEN: THE FINAL SEASON picks up several months after the harrowing battle in the season two finale. Bolstering their ranks in the wake of the carnage, the Stonehaven Pack is on the hunt for the Russian Alpha and his brethren, seeking to end a decades-old vendetta. Meanwhile, Elena struggles with Pack Alpha Jeremy Danvers’ new draconian leadership style, and makes a shocking and surprising discovery about herself.This last season of Bitten sees a new leadership style with the growing pack. Elena discovers new things about herself. There’s a new foe and an attempt at stopping a long feud. And ultimately Elena must come up with a plan to save what’s remaining of the pack in Stonehaven.Bitten (2014)I watch the show mostly for Laura Vandervoort. She really captures the role and the character has grown over the past 3 seasons. I see Vandervoort staying a genre queen over the next decade. She looks good in these types of roles and in roles on Supergirl, V, and Smallville. Honestly, she’s really the only reason I kept watching it. The show had a core group of diehard fans and I think if it was on a network like The CW, it might have gotten the ratings their shows like The Originals and Vampire Diaries got. Even with a smaller budget the show looked great and had good effects. The look and production always impressed me. I think it’s more impressive than Teen Wolf and Shadowhunters.

Bitten (2014)Bitten is a great show but a short-lived one, lasting only three seasons. The show is a must for fans of Horror especially those that like werewolf shows

 

 

REVIEW: BITTEN – SEASON 2

Starring

Laura Vandervoort (Jigsaw)
Greyston Holt (See No Evil 2)
Greg Bryk (Immortals)
Steve Lund (Reign)
Michael Xavier (The Best Years)
Tommie-Amber Pirie (What If)

Laura Vandervoort and Greyston Holt in Bitten (2014)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Tammy Isbell (Overruled!)
James McGowan (Suicide Squad)
Daniel Kash (Mama)
Genelle Williams (Orphan)
Natalie Brown (Saw V)
Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters)
Kiara Glasco (The Devil’s Candy)
Angela Besharah (The Kennedys)
Debra McCabe (A Christmas Horror Story)
Carly Street (Backstage)
Pascal Langdale (Killjoys)
Shauna MacDonald (Hemlock Grove)
Noah Danby (Riddick)

Tammy Isbell and Tommie-Amber Pirie in Bitten (2014)Season 2 of BITTEN starts about three days after the ending of season 1 as Elena (Laura Vandervoort) and her werewolf pack are searching for Malcolm Danvers (who has kidnapped the pregnant mate of one of their pack). They soon realize that witches also want Malcolm Danvers Season 2 introduces some new characters like witch coven leader Ruth Winterbourne and her daughter Paige as witches and werewolves may have to team up together to stop a common foe who wants to control the world of the supernatural.Tammy Isbell and Tommie-Amber Pirie in Bitten (2014)Elena wants revenge (for the murder of her Toronto boyfriend which I think was better for her than hotheaded Clay) so bad and she struggles with it. Jeremy deals with wolf pack politics as other pack heads want to take control away from him if he doesn’t bring them Malcolm Danvers.Kiara Glasco as SavannahThe second episode highlights how Clay Danvers (Greystone Holt) was bitten by a werewolf. It is interesting to see more of the power struggles involved within the worlds of the werewolf packs in addition to introducing new characters.   BITTEN is still a series for fans who loved the first season and it does good follow up on the events of season one while setting the stage for new conflicts.

Laura Vandervoort in Bitten (2014)Clay still seems like a jerk while the other werewolves are various degrees of being cold with Elena being the warm one who is in danger of losing the humanity she was fighting to keep when she left her pack before season 1.   I hope fans of the Otherworld novels (by Kelly Armstrong) will continue to check out the show and maybe even fans of the TV series will read Kelly Armstrong’s novels. I can’t wait to see how this season develops as the world of BITTEN opens up a little bit more.Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels and Daniel Kash as Roman NavikevLaura Vandervoort in Bitten (2014)This season The Pack gets some female visitors, when some witches come to them for their support. Tammy Isbell, Tommie Amber Pirie and Kiara Glasco are taking on the roles of Ruth Winterbourne, Paige Winterbourne, and Savannah Levine. each episodes brings a  brilliant slice of the season 2’s story arc. The Witches are a welcome addition to the show, the moment they team up with the wolves it brings new dimensions to the original cast members and enriches the series,  bring on season 3.

REVIEW: BITTEN – SEASON 1

Starring

Laura Vandervoort (Jigsaw)
Greyston Holt (See No Evil 2)
Paul Greene (When Calls The Heart)
Greg Bryk (Immortals)
Steve Lund (Reign)
Michael Xavier (The Best Years)

Laura Vandervoort in Bitten (2014)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Paulino Nunes (Traitor)
Genelle Williams (Orphan)
Joel Keller (Whiteout)
Fiona Highet (Cardinal)
James McGowan (Suicide Squad)
Natalie Brown (Saw V)
Sherry Miller (The Virgin Suicides)
Chris Violette (Power Rangers SPD)
Pascal Langdale (Killjoys)
Kaitlyn Leeb (Total Recall)
Noah Danby (Riddick)
Patrick Garrow (Robocop)
Natalie Lisinska (Orphan Black)
Eve Harlow (Heroes Reborn)
Benjamin Ayres (Saving Hope)
Mackenzie Gray (Man of Steel)

Laura Vandervoort in Bitten (2014)The story centres on Elena Michaels (portrayed by Laura Vandervoort), a female werewolf who is torn between a normal life with her human boyfriend Philip in Toronto and her “family” obligations as a werewolf in upstate New York. Among her pack is her ex-fiancé Clayton, who is responsible for her becoming a werewolf.Laura Vandervoort in Bitten (2014)I think this show was brilliant from episode 1 and just got better and better. I was pleased with Laura Vandervoort performance as Elena. She exhibits strength and a certain desperate vulnerability as she’s trying to maintain a “normal” life. Once I got beyond the lack of accent and curls, Greyston’s portrayal of Clay has me intrigued – he’s got the seriousness down pat – and eager to see how he interacts with Elena.Laura Vandervoort in Bitten (2014)I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Logan’s character.As with any adaptation, the thing you have to remember is that what works for a book doesn’t always work for television/film. It’s a different medium so the story must be adapted accordingly. Give the actors a chance. Give the writers a chance. Let’s see what they can do. And at the end of the day, if it helps, remember that these are Kelley’s characters and what’s shown on tv doesn’t change what you read in the books.Greg Bryk and Laura Vandervoort in Bitten (2014)Her books are cannon. The tv show is just a fun adaptation and a new way to look at some of the characters we love. If you don’t like it, don’t watch. As for me, I love these characters so much. The story arc for the season goes at an even pace and the season one cliffhanger is so shocking it keeps wanting more.

REVIEW: FLASHPOINT: THE COMPLETE SERIES

MAIN CAST

Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars)
Hugh Dillon (Ginger Snaps Back)
Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
David Paetkau (Final Destination 2)
Sergio Di Zio (Reign)
Michael Cram (Arrow)
Mark Taylor (Cinderella Man)
Ruth Marshall (Casino Jack)
Olunike Adeliyi (John Q)
Clé Bennett (Harvard Man)
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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Gabriel Hogan (Condor)
Philip Akin (Highlander: The Series)
Lisa Marcos (Rogue)
Arnold Pinnock (Cypher)
Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold)
Andrew Gillies (Mutant X)
Mpho Koaho (Saw III)
Jeff Seymour (Bury The Lead)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Peter Stebbings (Bates Motel)
Pascale Hutton (Sanctuary)
Colm Feore (The Chronicles of Riddick)
Michael Mando (Better Call Saul)
Noah Jenkins (Earth: Final Conflict)
Alisen Down (Smallville)
Tyler Stentiford (The Story of Luke)
Janaya Stephens (Death Race)
Jessica Steen (Chaos)
Peter MacNeill (Open Range)
Aaron Abrams (Hannibal)
Ona Grauer (V)
Tattiawna Jones (Robocop)
Kari Matchett (Wonderfalls)
Peter Outerbridge (Beauty and The Beast)
Genelle Williams (Bitten)
Kevin Jubinville (MIss Sloane)
Ryan Kennedy (Caprica)
Melanie Scrofano (Ready or Not)
Heny Czerny (Supergirl)
Matthew Bennett (Battlestar Galactica)
Chandra West (White Noise)
Kenneth Mitchell (Odyssey 5)
Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci’s Inquest)
Shauna MacDonald (Saw VI)
Calum Worthy (Americal Vandal)
Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher)
Kathleen Munroe (Patriot)
Sherry Miller (The Virgin Suicides)
Stephen Amell (Arrow)
Brian Markinson (Caprica)
Tamara Gorski (Angel)
David Calderisi (Earth: Final Conflict)
Roger Cross (First Wave)
Greg Bryk (Bitten)
Laara Sadiq (Arrow)
Noah Danby (Riddick)
Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove)
Kathleen Robertson (Bates Motel)
Alan Van Sprang (Star Trek: Discovery)
Gina Holden (The Butterfly Effect 2)
John Pyper-Ferguson (Caprica)
Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason)
Alex Carter (Out of Time)
Krista Bridges (Heroes Reborn)
Fulvio Cecere (Valentine)
Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter)
Colin Cunningham (Elektra)
Michael Eklund (Bates Motel)
Brendan Penny (The A-Team)
Tyler Johnston (The Odds)
Adrian Hough (The Fog)
Lyndie Greenwood (Sleepy Hollow)
Mike Dopud (Arrow)
Jonathan Scarfe (Van Helsing)
Ian Tracey (Sanctuary)
Jeffrey Parazzo (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Erin Karpluk (Ripper 2)
Natalie Alyn Lind (The Gifted)
Yannick Bisson (Year By The Sea)
Kate Hewlett (Stargate: Atlantis)
Chris Violette (Power Rangers SPD)
Patrick Sabongui (The Flash)
Rachel Blanchard (Carrie 2)
Natalie Brown (Saw V)
Richard Chevolleau (Hannibal)
Victor Garber (Legends of Tomorrow)
Rachel Skarsten (Reign)
Max Martini (The Order)
Eve Harlow (Heroes Reborn)
Rob Stewart (Painkiler Jane)
Cynthia Preston (Carrie)
Sonya Salomaa (The Collector)
Benjamin Ratner (Travelers)
Joe Dinicol (Arrow)
Lawrence Dane (Scanners)
Tammy Isbell (Bitten)
Ari Cohen (Smallville)
Cristina Rosato (Mother)
Patrick Garrow (16 Blocks)
JR Bourne (Stargate SG.1)
Anthony Lemke (Robocop: Prime Detectives)
Rossif Sutherland (Reign)
Greyston Holt (Bitten)
Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica)
Benjamin Ayres (The Vampire Diaries)
Michael Shanks (Stargate SG.1)
David Alpay (Man of The Year)
Dylan Neal (Arrow)
Sandrine Holt (House of Cards)
Ty Olsson (War For The POTA)
Shawn Doyle (Don’t Say A Word)
Katharine Isabelle (The Order)
Jonathan Keltz (Reign)
Keram Malicki-Sánchez (Punisher: Warzone)
Kris Lemche (Final Destination 3)
Maria del Mar (Blue Murder)
Chad Donella (Shattered Glass)
Maurice Dean Wint (Cube)
Charlie Carrick (Reign)
Brennan Elliott (Curse of Chucky)
Dion Johnstone (The Core)
Steve Bacic (Andromeda)
Mark Lutz (Bitch Slap)
Roark Critchlow (V)
Paul Popowich (Dark Angel)
Andrew W. Walker (Sabrina: TTW)
John Ralston (Bitten)
Michelle Nolden (Red)
David Richmond-Peck (She’s The Man)
Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl)
A.J. Buckley (Walking Tall 2)

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The show is based on a real life Toronto police unit similar to SWAT but with their own integral negotiators. This is a brilliant set up because every episode can go either way with a brutal violent conclusion or the culprit talked down peacefully. The issues are dealt with in a mature and considered fashion which rather excellently means that the person with the gun is not always the baddy.

FLASHPOINT The team is rather more imaginatively put together than in most similar shows. The team leader (Enrico Colantoni) is the cuddly negotiator whilst two bullet headed middle-aged men (Hugh Dillon and Michael Cram) are his subordinates. They have similar but different home lives and chat through raising teenagers on the way to work. A black junior policeman (Mark Taylor) and an Italian junior policeman (Sergio di Zio) have minor roles but occasionally get their moment in the limelight and both rise to the challenge when they do. David Paetkau plays the ex-special forces sniper who has transfered in. His difficulties integrating and changing his focus from killing to resolving the situation are well handled and his dark back story is mercifully not as overblown as it easily could be. The last team member is Amy Jo Johnson (the only american on the cast) who is the beautiful woman who has to struggle to maintain her position on the team.FLASHPOINT Each show starts with a quick introduction to a perilous situation and then winds back a few hours to see how the problem started. We then build up to the point where police must start making life and death decisions. There are a few running storylines throughout the shot, but most episodes can be seen as standalone.The Show lasted five seasons and does bring us to a satisfied finale, only season one is available on DVD in the UK but many imports can be found on various sites.